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October 21 - November 21, 2014
Sundogs and Sunflowers
(Minot) What do Monster Fish, Haunted Houses, Duck Decoys
and Sunflower Pie have in common? They all represent folk
art and folklore that is part of the rich history of the
Northern Great Plains. The Sundogs and Sunflowers exhibition
will be on display from October 21 –November 21 in the Main
Gallery at the Taube Museum of Art, 2 North Main St., Minot.
The Lower Gallery, In the Folk Manner, features current and
past local artist’s works in the folk art style, such as
painting, rosemaling, quilting, wood carving, and more.
There will be a public reception held on Thursday, November
6th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.
The exhibition is based on the Award-Winning Book, Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains. This groundbreaking compilation, thirty years in the making, celebrates the proud folk heritage of the Northern Great Plains. Published by the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), the book was compiled and edited by North Dakota State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz and NDCA folklorist Troyd A. Geist. The book has received great praise and won first place in the North Dakota Library Association’s 2011 Notable Document Awards.
Most of the book’s content comes from North Dakota with every single one of the state’s fifty-three counties represented. Traditions from the prairies of South Dakota, western Minnesota, eastern Montana, northeastern Wyoming, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan are also included. From 2010 to decades past, the book covers ghost stories and other strange tales, legends, blizzard stories, weatherlore, proverbs, folk expressions and folk speech, folk beliefs, folk medicine, holiday celebrations, hunting, fishing and trapping traditions, and folk art.
The exhibit includes 28 full-color photographic panels that provide a sampling from each of the book’s 10 chapters. Like the book, the exhibit includes some stories and images people will recognize from their own family members, friends, and neighbors while other, less familiar selections will provide fascinating revelations. To enhance the exhibition's new gallery tours, twenty-one original folk art objects drawn from the collection of the North Dakota Council on the Arts have been added. Many of these pieces are representative of the artists highlighted in the Sundogs and Sunflowers publication.
If you enjoy the exhibit, information on how to purchase the book, Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains will be available. It is the perfect book to share with anyone who wants to get to know more about North Dakota. The 352 page, coffee-table-size, full color, hardcover volume features more than a thousand examples of folklore and folk art, as well as more than three hundred images.
In The Folk Manner
October 21 - November 11, 2014
Current and past local artist’s works in the folk art style, such as painting, rosemaling, quilting, wood carving, and more.
Normal Museum and Gift Shop hours are: Tuesday – Friday: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm and Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. There is no charge for admission, but contributions are accepted to help the Taube Museum fulfill their mission of enriching lives through the visual arts.